Back Pain Help kindly sent me some Spine Aligners insoles for lower back pain to see what I thought of them. Due to my previous spinal surgeries I now have a slight limp with my left foot so I felt the best person to try these out was my twin who has a massive problem with over pronation of the foot.
Spine Aligners have been developed with Harley Street based London Spine Clinic to help relieve back pain. It is estimated that half the population suffer from over pronation of the foot. Over pronation is when the foot rolls over too much. These aches and pains may be worse after prolonged standing especially on hard surfaces or by having poor foot posture, especially high or flat arch.
The Spine Aligners have been specially designed to relieve postural aches and pains in the lower back caused by over pronation. This is done by stabilising and realigning the heel at a 2° angle and by controlling and supporting the arch back to a natural ‘neutral’ position.
The heel cushion in the insole is for extra spring and cushioning with a semi ridged arch support to prevent over pronation and excessive rolling of the foot. It also has Ortholite foam cushioning which provides high-level breathability, lightweight and anti-microbial properties for odour control. They come in sizes 3.5 to size 11 for women and 3-12.5 for men.
My sister has bought many different types of regular insoles but they are too soft and gave me no extra support. She said that these felt quite different than any other foot orthotics that she had tried before. She went on to say that they felt extremely comfortable and she could honestly say that she was aware that they were making her walk differently. In fact she was so pleased with the Spine Aligners that she went out to buy a couple of pairs of flat pumps for the summer which is something she has not bought for many years as they are just too uncomfortable for her.
After wearing them for just over a week, they have made a big difference to my sister and she has recommended them to a friend with a hip problem in the hope they will help her lower back and hip pain.
Did you know that listening to music can reduce pain, improve functional mobility, increase sleep quality, and reduce depression in people with Fibromyalgia. Check out this infographic from Skillfully Well & Painfully Aware...
A recent article in Fibromyalgia Treating says that a blood test that was developed by Australian researchers called “painHS” can identify color changes in immune cells affected by pain. The blood test for chronic pain instantly informs doctors administering the test to the severity of their patient’s pain.
PainHS was developed by a team of researchers led by neuroscientists Professor Mark Hutchinson will present the findings at a meeting of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. This is the same team that came up with the “painSEQ” and “painCELL” blood tests. While those tests were accurate, they take a couple of days to produce results. The “painHS” test is instantaneous, which is a huge advantage.
Professor Hutchinson explains that “We’ve now discovered that we can use the natural colour of biology to predict the severity of pain. What we’ve found is that persistent chronic pain has a different natural colour in immune cells than in a situation where there isn’t persistent pain.”
The hope is that the test will lead to new and better treatments for people with chronic pain, and it will also be useful for patients who are unable to report their pain, such as babies or people with dementia who have lost the ability to speak. It can also revolutionize the treatment of animals. “Animals can’t tell us if they’re in pain but here we have a Dr Doolittle type test that enables us to ‘talk’ to the animals so we can find out if they are experiencing pain and then we can help them,” said Dr. Hutchinson.
This amazing new blood test could be a revolution in the treatment and diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and other related chronic pain conditions. For many that have not been taken seriously, this could be a lifeline to the right treatment and medication for their pain. Thank you very much Professor Mark Hutchinson is all I can say.
Ice vs heat for pain, which works for you? It really is as simple as that. What works for one does not work the same for another. For me personally, its heat all the time, but this simple graphic from Cleveland Clinic on Pinterest explains it all.
You might struggle to pinpoint the cause of your back pain, but it’s often the result of many different factors in your lifestyle. That’s why you should aim to make changes to your daily routine if you want to alleviate your back problems. In this article, we’re going to talk about positive changes you could make to your lifestyle in order to reduce your back pain. We’re also going to talk about negative habits you could stop. Here are three lifestyle changes that could help to alleviate your back pain.
One of the best ways to alleviate back pain is to start exercising more. You might scoff at that idea because the idea of exercise might make you wince in itself. Yes, working out your body can be tiring, but that doesn’t mean it leads to increased pain. Exercising properly can help to keep your muscles working properly and reduce any pain you might be experiencing. It’s all about keeping your body moving. You should try out exercises designed to alleviate lower back pain. The “bottom to heels” stretch is a great place to start. Kneel on all fours and slowly move your bottom back towards your heels. This could help to stretch out your muscles and reduce any pain you might be experiencing in your back. The point is that you should exercise more frequently if you want your body to feel better.
Many physical problems can stem from a bad night’s sleep. After all, rest is crucial to the physical and mental health as a whole. You need to sleep well in order for your body to recover properly after a long day. Sleep deprivation doesn’t just lead to tiredness and a lack of concentration; it can lead to poor health on numerous levels. You might find that your back problems alleviate if you start sleeping better. Of course, it’s not just about getting a good 8 hours of rest every night – it’s about improving the quality of your sleep too. You might want to look into a back pain mattress that has been specifically designed to help alleviate problems with your back. You can do a lot more to reduce back pain if you improve the way your body is supported whilst you sleep. Your bed has a big impact on your body.
STOPPING BAD HABITS…
One final lifestyle change you could make to alleviate your back pain is to avoid bad habits which put stress on that area of your body. For example, your bad posture could be the cause of your pain. If you slouch in your chair whilst you work at the office then you should try working on your posture. Perhaps you could get yourself an ergonomic chair that supports your body. The same goes for driving a car. It’s a negative cycle because extended sitting is only more painful if your back already hurts. You need to address aspects of your lifestyle that might be aggravating your back problems.